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Chronic cough - Throat irritation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 15, 2007
  • 06:16 PM

Here is my situation. I've had a chronic cough for the about 4 years now. It seems to occur due to my throat itching. I smoke occasionaly, usually on weekends. The cough occurs sporadically through out the day. Many times after I eat. Sometimes it occurs when I'm playing tennis. At night, it's at its worst, waking me up a lot of times during the night. On the day after I've been drinking alcohol, it is really bad.

I tried sucking on cough drops at night and it worked for awhile, but now doesn't seem to work anymore. I use nasal spray which work a little at first too, but doesn't seem to work very well anymore either. However, whenever I take benadryl, it seems to not take the cough totally away, but helps a lot.

I've been to one doctor who diagnosed it as post nasal drip and gave me some medecine for it. The medecine seemed to work pretty good, but once I was out of my prescription, the cough came back.

I went to another doctor numerous times. First, he thought it was acid reflux, but the medecine didn't work. Then he gave me some allergy medicines didn't seem to really work either. He gave me a TB test and a chest x-ray which both came back negative.

I then went to an ENT who gave me an allergy test. The allergy test basically said I was only allergic to sycamore and firebush. He then gave me avodart which didn't help at all.

Can someone please help! I'm at the end of my rope here!

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  • My father is also suffering from a Chronic cough. You should check to see if a different Reflux med might help. It could also be asthma - very mild I would think tho.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 06:54 PM
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  • Ii would think reflux is your problem. reflux affects you after eating or drinking alcohol and seems to be worse in the evenings.
    hunter 13 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 09:41 PM
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  • Reflux can be tricky. It can cause all of your symptoms as well as asthma and asthma-like symptoms. Different meds work differently for different people, try again. My mom had the exact same problem. She has to keep monitoring her dose of reflux meds and finally found relief with a combo of prevacid and albuterol inhaler. And for the record, as a past "non-smoker" who smoked on weekends, the chronic cough went away when I became a REAL nonsmoker, and treated my untreated asthma consistantly. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 05:09 AM
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  • Reflux can be tricky. It can cause all of your symptoms as well as asthma and asthma-like symptoms. Different meds work differently for different people, try again. My mom had the exact same problem. She has to keep monitoring her dose of reflux meds and finally found relief with a combo of prevacid and albuterol inhaler. And for the record, as a past "non-smoker" who smoked on weekends, the chronic cough went away when I became a REAL nonsmoker, and treated my untreated asthma consistantly. Good luck!So you're saying I should try the medicine even though they didn't work the first time? I have tried two different kinds of meds already. Also, after I eat is only one of times when I start coughing. It mainly occurs at night.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 04:47 PM
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  • often our emotions, if "undigested", get pushed into a body part, causing problems. anything that you keep trying to cough out? any plans that are not going your way, causing irritation? letting go of expectations, planning, etc. may help your symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2007
    • 04:43 PM
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  • often our emotions, if "undigested", get pushed into a body part, causing problems. anything that you keep trying to cough out? any plans that are not going your way, causing irritation? letting go of expectations, planning, etc. may help your symptoms.You're saying my cough my be due to psychological reasons now? I seriously doubt that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 04:48 PM
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  • I can tell you from personal experience that Chronic cough can be caused by all the things listed so far including a form of asthma and Vocal Cord Dysfunction. Chronic cough can also be the result of something more serious, Sarcoidosis, Pulmanary Fibrosis, COPD to name just a few. If possible I would suggest finding a medical facility that treats lung, allergy, auto-immune type diseases if possible. One stop shopping so to speak is always easier than see various physicians and specialitys. Check out http://www.nationaljewish.org/ for information. I'm not sure if their Lung Line can refer you to a treatment facility in your area but it's worth a shot. Chronic cough is often due to various problems so treatment involves treating multiple causes not just one at a time. I would suggest you stop smoking but i'm sure you've been told that before. You should be doing everything you can to reduce damage and irratation to you lungs and throat. Trust me you don't want permanent damage.Good luck and don't give up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2007
    • 04:17 PM
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  • Last year, I developed the same problem. I think it was after eating some strong chillies. Since then, the throat has been very sensitive to spicy and oily foods. The symptoms are very similar to yours and each time, there would be greenish-yellow phlegm. When it gets worst, the phelgm is deep and coughing it out sometimes induces nausea; so I have to be very careful. Been to the docs several times, but no avail. Fortunately, I have access to both Chinese med (TCM) and Western med, and decided to seek a TCM cure to give my body some respite and balance. Now, there is only one type of TCM prescription (well, it comes in capsule form, so it is not 'traditional') that helps. It stops the irritation and cough. (Other common meds (TCM or Western) work just on one or the other, so was pretty disappointing). Interestingly, the ingredients of the capsules (labelled on the bottle) are simple: They contain extracts of plants known for their antitussive properties and pig gall - the latter not found in most common anti-phlegm/cough meds. Maybe that's why it works. (And serums from pig parts have been known to fight infectious diseases). Now, my concern is how to get my throat back to its normal resilent self. I do not smoke, drink or eat fried foods. Don't even karaoke. So the onset of this ailment is all the more 'mysterious' to me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 05:07 AM
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  • Well ,I have had a cough for about five years now and wonder if its because I had all my top teeth pulled and the dentist cut in to my nasal passages or something having to do with my sinuses,I never had sinus problems or post nasal drip or coughimng before this, it has increased over the years, I quit smoking about 3 years ago and no relief still, been to a pulminologist-tryed a few inhalers and allergy meds like the person above works for while then seems to just stop and I go back to coughing,I've been to gastro doc but didnt continue with his idea to give me a indoscopy to see if it was reflux, my next attempt will be to go to a ENT and see if they can find anything with out me spending all my pwa money on them.Has anybody here found any help for themselves on this or through a physician yet? if so emailme at mishaundra2000@yahoo.com or post here,hopefully ill see it sometime.Thanks
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  • Here is my situation. I've had a chronic cough for the about 4 years now. It seems to occur due to my throat itching. I smoke occasionaly, usually on weekends. The cough occurs sporadically through out the day. Many times after I eat. Sometimes it occurs when I'm playing tennis. At night, it's at its worst, waking me up a lot of times during the night. On the day after I've been drinking alcohol, it is really bad. I tried sucking on cough drops at night and it worked for awhile, but now doesn't seem to work anymore. I use nasal spray which work a little at first too, but doesn't seem to work very well anymore either. However, whenever I take benadryl, it seems to not take the cough totally away, but helps a lot. I've been to one doctor who diagnosed it as post nasal drip and gave me some medecine for it. The medecine seemed to work pretty good, but once I was out of my prescription, the cough came back. I went to another doctor numerous times. First, he thought it was acid reflux, but the medecine didn't work. Then he gave me some allergy medicines didn't seem to really work either. He gave me a TB test and a chest x-ray which both came back negative. I then went to an ENT who gave me an allergy test. The allergy test basically said I was only allergic to sycamore and firebush. He then gave me avodart which didn't help at all. Can someone please help! I'm at the end of my rope here! It sounds like candida imbalance - and also some of the others below. Itching is a strong indicator. Usually any chronic throat problems involve candida overgrowth in some way as of course it's part of the digestive tract. Alcohol feeds candida because of the sugars, which would be why it's worse after drinking. (Probably after eating sweets or carbs too.) Anything that compromises the immune system can cause candida imbalance, which is basically living in the 2000s - our chemical exposure, sugars in foods, smoking, poor food quality, anti-biotics/medication, indoor living, exposure to high tech/radiaion.. etc. all create the acidity that candida needs to flourish. Candida goes to areas in the body which are compromised - because you smoke at bit, (or also depends on your environment, chemical exposure from household or office cleaners, etc.) your throat is subjet to stress which creates an easy target for candida to set in - someone mentioned the lungs as well - this can be a major factor in asthma. (To "thelongrun", hot chilis could have causes a similar stress effect - although obvious stress in the area is not a prerequisite..also teeth can definitely be a cause - anti-biotics, all that stress in the jaw area..also residual heavy metals in the jaw from mercury fillings creates a very acidic environment - even after the teeth or fillings are removed) Medical tests for candida imbalance are unreliable and most physicians aren't so familiar with it I think because of the fact they can't really identify it accurately - Vega machine testing (by an N.D.) and kinesiology testing are quite accurate..but there's a famous old "spit test" you can do in the morning with just a glass of water. Here's a link for the instructions. www.adhdrelief.com/CandidaTest.html It's not 100% either, but a "yes" is a pretty reliable indicator, especially since it's in your throat. If you want to get rid of it, it's pretty easy and takes about 1 month..A few diet changes to starve the candida, and a few things (available at the grocery store) to kill it off. I wrote an aricle on it which I can email to anyone who would like it. freehelp99@yahoo.comKaren
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  • Here is my situation. I've had a chronic cough for the about 4 years now. It seems to occur due to my throat itching. I smoke occasionaly, usually on weekends. The cough occurs sporadically through out the day. Many times after I eat. Sometimes it occurs when I'm playing tennis. At night, it's at its worst, waking me up a lot of times during the night. On the day after I've been drinking alcohol, it is really bad. I tried sucking on cough drops at night and it worked for awhile, but now doesn't seem to work anymore. I use nasal spray which work a little at first too, but doesn't seem to work very well anymore either. However, whenever I take benadryl, it seems to not take the cough totally away, but helps a lot. I've been to one doctor who diagnosed it as post nasal drip and gave me some medecine for it. The medecine seemed to work pretty good, but once I was out of my prescription, the cough came back. I went to another doctor numerous times. First, he thought it was acid reflux, but the medecine didn't work. Then he gave me some allergy medicines didn't seem to really work either. He gave me a TB test and a chest x-ray which both came back negative. I then went to an ENT who gave me an allergy test. The allergy test basically said I was only allergic to sycamore and firebush. He then gave me avodart which didn't help at all. Can someone please help! I'm at the end of my rope here!i think it's bronchitis and that produce recurrent chronic cough may be upper RTI with post nasal drip u have to take some antibiotic with atiallergic & vit c
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  • I just developed these symptoms after a cold about 3 weeks ago. I had caught a cold and I developed a cough that was excruciating. it just wouldnt stop. It lead me to quit smoking permanently within 3 days of this constant cough, the cough was so bad that it made quitting smoking after 15 yrs of a pack a day pretty easy. its been 10 days since i had a cigarette and everyone keeps telling me my cough is from the quitting smoking. But something tells me its not. Theres a funny constant feeling in my throat like something is there, a phlegm or something so i take breath and constantly try to cough it out. Sometimes there is mucus and sometimes just a bunch of saliva. the funny thing is that when I had the cold originally i had a constant productive cough witch made me sometimes regurgitate liquid food. the cough continues but i know that i am at a very important phase and i must tackle the problem now before it develops into something serious. the cough did not develop slowly it started suddenly after catching a cold. I feel as though the cold triggered the cough which triggered the regurgitation which in turn triggered another cough from acid comin back up from the really bad cough which caused this domino effect, I dont if I make sense or im just crazy but this is my sincere anylization
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2009
    • 05:24 AM
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  • The answer is in the question. You took meds for post nasal drip and the cough went away. Take those same meds again! and try and find what you are allergic to that is causing the post nasal drip. Naturpaths are better at finding allergies than allergist doctors.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 10:00 PM
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  • persistant cough - take away the brains conditioning to this by removing cues - ie certain fibres. see if sleeping on a nylon surface helps(will be weird).help the body repair itself, vitamin C is great for help knitting cells together and block entry points for bacteria. probably with some zinc to help boost immune systemremove the bodys source of stress - dont drink alcohol for a long time - eat healthily and drink plenty of watertake an anti-histamine to reduce inflamation/irratation.good luckps - sorry for all the typos and grammar errors
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 22, 2009
    • 04:07 AM
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  • My son has suffered from a persistent cough ever since he was born, they initially diagnosed him with croup. He gets this awful cough for about 2-3 weeks, and it worsens if he eats chocalate, dairy products, or any food with chile on it. He's had chest x-rays, and his lungs are fine. I just came back from the doctor, because he's cough got really bad these last two days, and his syrup with codeine and vaporub are not doing the job. I told the doctor his cough worsens in the fall and winter, and he said it might be seasonal asthma or allergies, so he just gave me albuterol/inhalor, steroids and told me to give him Claritan. He wants to see him back in two weeks to see if his cough has gone away. But it might be a number of other things. I'll keep you posted. I know how bad it can be when you are not being diagnosed properly. It frustrating not knowing, what he has.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2009
    • 00:13 AM
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  • I had similar symptoma and it took years to finally get a correct diagnosis. Go to a pulmonary specialsist and have him check you for sarcoidosis. Many doctors don't even know what this is. Bacisally it can affect any part of the body but primaraly affects the lungs. It is characterized by granuloma which cause scar tissue in the lungs resulting in coughing. The other facter is enlarged lymphnodes in the lung or in the particular part of the body affected. This is a chronic desease for many and yet many others have it and never know it. It is found in eastern european populations as well as black populations and has a family link through genetics.There are many treatments for it the worst is prendisone it dose all kinds of things to you but it works.When all my x-rays were first looked at they were normal also. It took a broncosocpy to finally get the correct diagnosis.Hope this helps
    kjwpdjabby 1 Replies
    • February 6, 2010
    • 04:00 PM
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  • I had a Nissan Fundoduplication, have been "gerding" for ten years, chronic cough, etc etc etc. NOTHING HELPS!!!! Treated for Asthma and GERD, and many other problems. Still Cough, still cough, still cough, if you are looking for a cure good luck I figure when I die will be the day I am cured!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2010
    • 09:11 AM
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  • I even went to the point of having a camera down my throat which I can say is awful.It started with a mild cough after a heavy drinking session and then progressed to foods mainly spicy.After suffering this for a number of years I eventually found an alternative medicine practioner that asked me to try something after discovering my Liver was so hard when pressing on it.What seems to have happened is that my liver was so dydrated this was pressing on my Gual bladder which was causing my acid reflux.You can't rehydrate your liver over night, so drink two litres of water evenly over the day and within 4 weeks you should see an improvement or even a cure and cut down the alcohol or even stop for eight week as it can repair itself.This works for me, however it's come back as I'm drinking more alcohol than water so, I'm know drinking a pint of water at 4am after waking up coughing.It's worth a try, but you must stick to the water intake, also cut out caffiene products, coke, tea, coffee. You'll feel alot better too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 24, 2010
    • 03:17 AM
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  • I have had the same problem. Given three different antibiotics, three different stomach medicines, chest x-ray. Because I also have food intolerance, I wondered............I stopped eating grains of any sort - cough gone. Throat irritates on occassions still, but usually due to food.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 25, 2010
    • 08:43 AM
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